“There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself, ‘Do trousers matter?'” “The mood will pass, sir.”

Today is cloudy and damp and colder than yesterday. According to the weatherman, it will continue to get colder. Tomorrow night will be in the teens and Tuesday will be in the 20’s. I suppose I ought not to complain as this is really a warm winter. I’m thinking that’s probably an oxymoron.

Two of my warmest shirts are flannel. When I was a kid, my jeans were lined in flannel. I’m even wearing flannel pants right now, the kind you only wear around the house, never outside. If I wore a hat, it would have flannel inside and on the ear flaps. Comfort, not style, now dictates my choice of wardrobe.

In Ghana I had to wear a dress every day everywhere I went. When I started teaching here, it was the same thing except pantyhose was added. Later, pants were accepted as appropriate when teaching, but then, when I became an administrator, it was back to dresses, an unspoken but expected choice of wardrobe for an administrator. Every school day morning I’d stare at the clothes in my closet trying to decide what dress to wear. Now fast forward to retirement. The clothes in the closet have completely changed. I have two all purpose dresses, one dress a bit heavier for colder weather and three from Ghana. It has been so long since I wore a dress, I don’t even remember the occasion. I’m thinking it might have been a wedding. All the other clothes in my closet are mostly pants, shirts and other kinds of tops.

The day after I retired it happened. My fashion world was upended. I started dressing for comfort all the time. Style be damned! I have some dressy pants should I need to upgrade my usual choices, but I don’t even remember wearing those either. Now when I look in the closet, I wonder what color I’ll wear today.

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12 Comments on ““There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself, ‘Do trousers matter?'” “The mood will pass, sir.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Cold all day here and later on we got fog, no sunshine as all the weather sites had predicted. I did see some rays just before the sun set though and now it looks like the sky is clear, I can see some stars if I look out the window.

    I just found out that they sell flannel sheets and duvets now, I’m thinking of buying some. I think I actually have some flannel shirts too somewhere. If they hang in my closet I’m afraid mice might have eaten them, I really need to fix that hole now because I only have that one closet 🙂

    I have never had to think about work clothes, all factories I’ve ever worked in provided me with work clothes and when I had the garden center I always wore a shirt and jeans. It was sort of important not to look too clean, a clean gardener is not a good gardener 🙂

    All my clthes are comfortable clothes, something that can drive my friends, who own a fashion store, mad 🙂 I think they think I look like a homeless man sleeping outdoors all the time 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      There will be no stars here tonight. Rain may be coming, and it is still cloudy. I just shut the back door as the dog door made it cold in here. I refuse to be cold in my own house.

      I bought flannel sheets once, and they were far too hot. I am always warm at night and the flannel was just too much for me.

      Clothes were never cheap except in Ghana. Here I spent a lot of money on clothes but not any more.

      I wear nice casual clothes. I have some great sweaters and shirts. Pants are just pants.

      Enjoy the evening!

  2. Hedley Says:

    Congratulations Pats – it wasn’t as close as the score suggests.

    This afternoon the Prince will be shooting hoops so Mrs MDH and I will be heading to St Joan of Arc school in Saint Clair Shores. He likes us to watch him and it’s a treat for us.

    It’s cold, I spent the morning with the Sunday Times and Georgie Fame and aggitating im6 on Facebook.

    • katry Says:

      Thank you, My Dear Hedley,

      I haven’t even finished my paper yet. I talk to my sister every Sunday, the one on Colorado, which makes me later than usual.

      It’s a grandparent thing. My sister and her husband, Rod, both went to watch their grandson’s basketball game yesterday. His other grandparents were there too. Ryder always has his own rooting section.

  3. Richard Says:

    ‘Scuse me, but I couldn’t he’p myself: “But I was so much colder then / I’m warmer than that now” … und so geht es … ‘warm winter,’ ‘full quart,’ ‘jumbo shrimp,’ etc – the world needs oxymorons … or, as Jon Stewart used to say, “Now, more than ever … ” Oxymorons have the added benefit of making more sense than Jon Stewart, tho’.

    I have lots of flannel stuff in the closet even as this is typed, but it’s never been what I’ve considered ‘cold enough’ to break it out. That includes a set of king-sized flanned bed coverings (top and fitted bottom sheets). It was always too warm to use those things.

    In my ‘corporate incarnations,’ I had to ‘dress for success’ (don’tcha hate little catchphrases like that?), and knew how to do it. I sold Hart, Schaffner and Marx clothing while I was in high school, and learnt a thing or two about how to dress well. I also learnt something most guys my age then were puzzled by: How to Coordinate.

    All that knowledge came in handy later in life when people in the Business World judged you by your ‘brand’ and ‘style’ rather than your content. Visual mattered. Hell, that’s why I had Schiaparelli and Countess Mara in my wardrobe. Didn’t make me a better person, but if the ‘brand’ happened to get ‘flashed’ during an encounter, well, score one for the home team.

    I wholeheartedly agree with you about the immediacy of the change in attire upon retirement. I wear shorts and Ts now, even if it’s in the low 40s or mid-30s. Yeah, I’ll put a second shirt over the T just ‘cuz, but it’s really not that necessary. If people don’t like my wardrobe choices now, that’s a personal problem for them to deal with … I’m quite fine with ’em. My color every day is ‘casual’ …

    • katry Says:

      Richard,
      I love oxymorons especially when the speaker is totally unaware.

      I don’t like flannel sheets as they are too warm for me. I’m into flannel shirts and kick around the house flannel pants. I generally wear a flannel shirt and a sweatshirt when I go outside despite the weather.

      I bought dresses at a boutique which had the most interesting clothes, not the common stuff you find in regular stores. I spent many dollars there.

      I wear what is most comfortable and warm enough and doesn’t clash, my only concession to fashion.

  4. flyboybob Says:

    I have been very lucky that for the last 25 years I have had to wear a uniform at work. The company supplies the uniforms and we get an annual resupply. A few years ago we finally got rid of the blazers and ties and went with business casual uniforms. The great thing about uniforms is that you don’t have to think when getting dressed in the morning. We have a weekday uniform shirt and a casual Friday/weekend shirt. The only thinking in the closet is required on Friday mornings.

    I used to own a funeral, wedding and Bar Mitzvah suite but threw it out along with all my ties when I moved. Now I wear jeans and golf shirts on the weekends and evenings. I don’t go to funerals, no one is getting married and all my kids, nieces and nephew are all older than thirteen. If I get invited to something that may require a coat and tie I will either wear business casual or not show up. If I can’t wear casual cloths than they don’t deserve my company.

    The tie, suite and jacket is just an outdated ridiculous attire. The entire Israeli government and Parliament wear business casual attire every day except then their leaders come to Washington or New York. Except for the traditional Brooks Brothers look, most men’s clothing is designed by effeminate designers who think men should look like peacocks.

    BTW I don’t own any flannel. When I go to Toronto in winter I wear my Uniform with a sweater, scarf, gloves and a leather bomber jacket. I change to jeans and tennis shoes in the evenings.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I wore uniforms until college, and I was glad for them. I didn’t need all kinds of clothes; none of us did. I think my mother was happy for that, for the savings.

      I think some places do require appropriate dress. Sometimes I just have to get a little fancier so I wear a dress. I don’t love it, but I know I have to wear it because of the occasion.

      I never thought of men’s suits and ties as effeminate or that they make men look like peacocks. I’m not in favor of the skinny suits in style now but most are subdued or straight colors.

      You wear far more than I do. When I go outside, I wear a shirt with a sweatshirt.

      • Bob Says:

        Traditional men’s suits from places like Brooks Brothers don’t look effeminate and stay in style for years. However, the very stylish suits such as those worn by Hollywood types makes them look effeminate. For example I saw a pair of men’s shoes in an upscale trendy store window that were glossy purple with a pointy toe and a Cuban heel. 🙁

        The suits are in subdued colors it’s the ties, shirts and accessories that look outlandish. I don’t like the skinny lapel look either but it’s just a rerun of the early 1960s.

      • katry Says:

        I see men on TV wearing suits, and I don’t think they look at all effeminate. I like ties with personality instead of the same colors and the same designs men have worn for years, only the size of the tie changes.

  5. Birgit Says:

    Finally some snow here! We immediately took a walk today so as not to miss this year’s winter.
    I never cared about fashion, must be a missing female gene.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I’d say welcome to winter but we have only had about an inch of snow so we haven’t really felt winter yet.

      I seem to be missing the same gene.


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